Magical thinking

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Magical thinking is even more primitive than religious thinking. It is the connection between man and nature. It is difficult to trace the origins of magical thinking, but as far back as classical antiquity there are early documents describing women with powers to transform themselves at will and/or to transform animals.

In the life of man on Earth the boundaries between the real world and the imaginary world have never been well separated, where myths live

The human mind allows to imagine and this imagination has a strong relation with the occurrence of reality

Conscious and unconscious thought, coexist and are strongly interrelated being the constant motor of man's action

From distant times the sky is the expression of the masculine, of the fatherhood and of the superior order, while the earth is the expression of the masculine

of the feminine and is associated with maternity and fecundity

The notions of moon, night, death, are very much linked to feminine principles and are sometimes linked to malefic performances, especially since Christianity took root in Europe

Magical thinking is even more primitive than religious thinking, is the essential connection between human being and nature

In it, prayer, incantation and ritual are employed as procedures based on imitation and repetition, oriented to achieve an end for man

Since then it has been observed that the repetition of a prayer and an action has a powerful effect on the unconscious, the performance of the ritual thus becomes meaningful

It is revealed that the reiteration of the word influences the programming of the mind giving meaning to that prayer

It is difficult to go back to the origins of the magical thought, but already from the classical antiquity they are collected the first documents that speak of certain women with the ability to transform at will and transform other animals

We have to make an effort to try to understand these phenomena, in which it was sought to favor the opening of the perception through the use of substances that acted as a bridge between the logical world and the supernatural, releasing the rational structures and opening the mind to a contact with the subtle reality

An oral tradition is then initiated in which as the centuries go by, it feeds back such phenomena and perception

the same

Much later the fairy tales with a historical facet and a fantastic side are born, as an instrument of expression of fears and desires

In each story lies a very real and sincere passion

The pain of the peasant girl for not being able to make herself to be loved by the gentleman, the child beaten by the stepmother, the little girl mistreated by her older sisters, 35 00:03:24,288 --> 00:03:26,848 or the lady in the hands of the fierce male who takes pity on the beasts

It is important to take into account the power of suggestion in some communities, where the sermons of the parish priests provided an important effect in the collective suggestion

In the Ancient Age the antagonism between two types of qualities in man begins to be distinguished, the apollonian and the Dionysian

The Apollonian was based on the plastic, rational, masculine and linked with the sun and truth, on the other hand the Dionysian was associated with the ethereal, fauna, ecstasy, intoxication, music, dance and therefore became closer to the feminine

All these perceptions have been very present in the history of Europe and do not lose intensity

until the arrival of the 17th century, century of Descartes, Galileo and Newton

Where the advent of reason arises, most of the vestiges of magical thinking disappear, for the better

and for the worse

Only then we stop repressing the witches

and both the sorcerers, and the accusers of sorcery are equally impotent and become subjects of ridicule by the elite of rational thought

We are witnessing the birth of medicine as we understand it today, which has its origin in the popular empiricism that was then called witchcraft

They mock now the spirit that had agitated and inflamed the woman, the disease being the abstract and indefinite cause of all evils

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